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Agnack is a place where both rivers and people converge in the most stunning of ways – a place where it is considered perfectly normal to speak a minimum of six languages. For the first time in history the people of Agnack allowed cameras to film as they prepare for an unforgettable event that gives a visually enticing record of local religion, focused on honouring the ancestors. As every single aspect of life in Agnack and the wider region, the anniversary of death celebrations with which the film culminates are thickly multilingual and testify of the interconnectedness and cosmopolitanism of this area, where diversity and multilingualism are centuries old.

You can request a copy of the film for public screenings or educational purposes by emailing Royal Anthropological Institute * All profits made from the sale of this film through RAI will go to the association of the inhabitants of Agnack Grand.  You can also purchase your own copy or stream from anywhere in the world on your mobile device, tablet or tv through Vimeo on demand.



Summer 2017 Featured Ethnographic Film Maker: Nora Wildenauer

Fighting for Nothing to Happen

Featured at the RAI Ethnographic Film Festival, the award-winning ethnographic film Fighting for Nothing to Happen documents forced migration beyond the European refugee crisis. After the volcanic eruption of Mount Rokatenda, the people of the island Pulau Palue in east Indonesia shall be relocated. But are the planned relocation and the ‘new’ life at the neighboring Pulau Besar really promising? The documentary is based on three months of ethnographic fieldwork and accompanies Father Cyrillus, priest and employee of a Christian NGO, in his efforts to promote and drive forward the relocation project.

The film is distributed on DVD and on digital formats by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), and it is part of the Alexander Street Press Anthropology collection, accessible to institutional subscribers. If you are affiliated to an educational institution, search for the film on your library catalogue. If your institution is a subscriber, you will be able to view the film online. To purchase a copy of the film from the RAI follow this link:

Read Nora’s testimonial on the film



Spring 2017 Featured Ethnographic Film Maker: Paloma Yáñez Serrano 

Nosso Morro (Our Mountain)
This film is about teaching visual methods and doing collaborative visual ethnography with young people from Rocinha, the largest favela and Gávea the wealthiest neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Paloma provides reflections on Nosso Morro and its implications for teaching anthropology here:

Testimonial – View PDF

City Play
City Play shows the process of collaboration with Egyptian children to represent play in post-revolutionary Egypt, featuring a civic education project, Mini Medina where children build a play-city exploring identity, citizenship and interpretations of labour as a form of interactive anthropology for younger audiences.

Paloma provides reflections on City Play and its implications for teaching anthropology here: